By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO — THE Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has spent over N5 million to renovate and purchase modern medical equipment for Isale Agbara Comprehensive Health Centre, Osogbo in Osun State and handed it over to the state government to boost primary healthcare delivery in the state.
Speaking at the handing over of the health centre, President of the Ile-Ife church, Mr. Joseph Mba, said the health centre was lucky to have been chosen out of several requests made by various communities to the church for assistance across the country.
Mba said: “What we are doing is not about politics. We are mostly concerned about humanity, we are concerned about how to reduce child mortality rate, how to reduce maternal mortality during pregnancy and delivery and how to support government programmes that have direct impacts on human lives.
“There is no better way to serve God that does not involve service to humanity and also to bring lost souls to Christ.”
Council boss laud initiative
The Chairman of Osogbo South Local Council Development Authority at the handing over ceremony, Mr. Abdul Akeem Olaoye commended the church for placing great premium on the provision of good health care for all citizens around the LCDA in consonance with the universal administrative norm, that in terms of structural changes, the workforce must be equipped with new tools to play new roles.
Olaoye said: “Permit me to seize this unique opportunity to call on all other non-governmental organisations to emulate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in assisting this local council at any aspect that will make life more meaningful to the populace.
“In view of the above, my government will not spare any effort at ensuring that a meaningful health care delivery system is made accessible to the generality of our people in the council area. Since health is wealth and a sound mind can only be found in a sound body, this government will strive as much as possible to make health care delivery readily available to all.”
Governor Rauf Aregbesola in his speech appealed to corporate organisations, Philanthropists and religious bodies to join hands with government to ensure healthy living for the people of the state.